Dead Sea Level: Science, Exploration and Imperial Interests in the Near East (BOK)

Haim Goren

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In the nineteenth century The Dead Sea and the Tigris-Euphrates river system had great political significance: the one as a possible gateway for a Russian invasion of Egypt, the other as a potentially faster route to India. This is the traditional explanation for the presence of the international powers in the region. This important new book questions this view. Through a study of two important projects of the time - international efforts to determine the exact level of the Dead Sea, and Chesney's Euphrates Expedition to find a quicker route to India - Professor Goren shows how other forces than the interests of empire, were involved. He reveals the important role played by private individuals and establishes a wealth of new connections between the key players; and he reveals for the first time an important Irish nexus. The resulting work adds an important new dimension to our existing understanding of this period.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Utgitt 2011
Forfatter Haim Goren Forlag
ISBN 9781848854963 Antall sider 384
Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 3,8cm Vekt 739 gram
Emner og form Asian history, Historical geography, Regional studies